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Overview

Our Graduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care is an innovative course for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively, who are currently employed or wish to seek employment within the specialised areas of Acute or Critical Care.

The course is vocationally-relevant and complements the Comprehensive Critical Care Strategy, ensuring you are equipped with the skills of personal development planning and reflective practice.

This certificate course is delivered fully online, giving you flexibility to accommodate your professional and personal commitments.

Through three core modules you will develop your skills to deliver high-quality, evidence-based critical care to patients, analyse clinical practice and provide evidence and recommendations for development/improvement.

The course will prepares you to develop your key role in assessing and caring for patients requiring varying degrees of monitoring and organ support in a critical care environment.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You must be appropriately registered practitioners e.g. registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

If you are an international student undertaking this module as part of an international cohort, you must be able to demonstrate current professional registration from the country in which you practice.

You must be employed within an acute and/or critical care environment.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

In offering a named course for this specific area of healthcare, UWS can be proactive in both educational development and clinical skills in line with national agendas and recommendations.

Our innovative course consists of 3 core modules; each credit rated 20 points at SCQF Level 9. Your personal development and reflective practice skills will be honed through the study of the modules:

  • Foundations of Acute and Critical Care
  • Advanced Interventions for Acute and Critical Care
  • Independent Study for Professional Practice

* typically 1 year, but flexible delivery route is available for this course. Please contact us for more information.

Teaching & Assessment

Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods.

Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:

  • essays
  • reports
  • critical incident analysis

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course. 

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